April 1999


Wing Tips

Apr 1, 1999 By Patricia Sharpe

Where to see the painted bunting, the summer tanager, and other feathered friends: A guide to the best birding spots in Texas.

Secret Agent Men

Apr 1, 1999 By Jason Cohen

Why are Randy and Alan Hendricks the only people in Houston who are glad Roger Clemens didn’t end up with the Astros? Hey, it comes with the job.

Pitching Josh Beckett

Apr 1, 1999 By Jeff McCord

He throws a 95-mile-an-hour fastball, strikes out 2.1 batters per inning, and could be the number one pick in June’s big-league draft. Meet suburban Houston’s new teen sensation.

Kids in the Hall?

Apr 1, 1999 By Michael Hall

Don’t hang their plaques at Cooperstown just yet, but do applaud the accomplishments of Kerry Wood and Ben Grieve. After all, not everyone is Rookie of the Year.

Our Juan and Only

Apr 1, 1999 By Joe Nick Patoski

At home in his native Puerto Rico or at home plate in Arlington, Texas Rangers slugger Juan Gonzalez is a hit.

Savoring the Private Ryan

Apr 1, 1999 By Paul Burka

Out of uniform, in his own words, Texas icon Nolan Ryan on baseball, ranching, values, and his love for his native state.

The Exterminator

Jan 20, 2013 By Helen Thorpe

Does Tom DeLay kill Democrats on contact? Not exactly, but as the president can tell you, the profoundly partisan Republican congressman attacks his enemies relentlessly.


The Inside Story
Emotion Pictures

Apr 1, 1999 By Eileen Schwartz

Charles Ommanney has seen more than his share of tragedy. A native of Great Britain who now calls Texas home, the 33-year-old photojournalist began his career as a war correspondent for the Times of London, photographing the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe, massacres in Rwanda, and destitute refugees…

Around the State
Around the State

Apr 1, 1999 By Texas Monthly

Root, root, root for the home teams at the Astrodome and the Ballpark in Arlington. Plus: The lights go up (again) at the State Theater in Austin; motorized masterpieces parade through the streets of Houston; a world-premiere opera in Houston resurrects an old story; and Bonnie and Clyde’s steps are…

Roar of the Crowd
Movie Magic

Apr 1, 1999 By Texas Monthly

BECAUSE I WAS BLESSED WITH THE GREATEST BIRTH, childhood, and adolescence in Terrell, watching The Last Picture Show was like a guest shot on This Is Your Life. [“Picture Perfect,” February 1999]. As an L.A. show-biz P.R. type in the early seventies, I breathlessly awaited opening night and sat alone…


Master Class

Apr 1, 1999 By Michael Ennis

How a collection of paintings and drawings coveted by Sotheby’s and other art world Goliaths ended up at the University of Texas at Austin.

Bad Blood

Apr 1, 1999 By Jim Atkinson

You can’t call it a Texas disease, but meningococcemia—a blood-borne form of meningitis—afflicts a fair number of the state’s children. And if the FDA will let him, a Dallas pediatrician thinks he can treat it.

The Big Easier

Apr 1, 1999 By Pableaux Johnson

Manageable crowds. Fabulous food. Great music. Authentic Cajun culture. Do you need any other reasons to visit Lafayette, Louisiana?

TV or Not TV?

Jan 20, 2013 By Jordan Mackay

He’s no Seinfeld. He’s not even Jeff Foxworthy. But Galveston native Bill Engvall is a successful stand-up comic, and one day, just maybe, he’ll get a sitcom of his own.


Hot Box
CD and Book Reviews

Apr 1, 1999 By Texas Monthly

Hot CDs The Texas Reunion (Skinny Records) is ostensibly a solo album from Skinny Don Keeling, the bass player in Don Walser’s Pure Texas Band. But since Keeling appears as the bassist and/or singer on only half the CD’s twelve cuts, he’s better described as a ringleader. He chose the…

State Secrets
Heady Lamar

Apr 1, 1999 By Evan Smith

Several Sundays a year, Texans wake to find not one but two GOP presidential hopefuls inside the state’s borders.

Jacob Sudhoff

Apr 1, 1999 By Katy Vine

What’s the first image that comes to mind when you think of a teenage salesman? A kid peddling khakis at the Gap? Well, consider Corpus Christi high school senior Jacob Sudhoff, who sells something more substantial: luxury homes. “I used to ride around my neighborhood on my bike and look…

The Ex Files
Joe Morgan

Apr 1, 1999 By Patricia McConnico

My grandfather was still alive when I played my first season in the Astrodome. He came to a game with some of my relatives, and I hit a home run. That’s something I’ll never forget. My grandfather was such a big, big baseball fan. When I was a kid,…


Twice-Baked Potatoes

Apr 1, 1999 By Texas Monthly

3 medium Idaho or other baking potatoes 6 florets broccoli 6 florets cauliflower 6 ounces sour cream 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 6 ounces white cheddar, cut in 1/2-inch chunks 6 tablespoons sliced green onions (whole stem) 1 tablespoon Lea and Perrins Worcestershire…

Ginger Soy Sauce

Apr 1, 1999 By Texas Monthly

1 cup sake 1/2 cup red-wine vinegar 1/3 cup low-salt soy sauce 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons very thinly sliced ginger 2 tablespoons very thinly sliced garlic Place all ingredients in a large sauté pan and simmer until the liquid coats the back of…

Ginger Soy Pork Tenderloin

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

Pork Tenderloin 3 pork tenderloins (10 to 12 ounces each) salt and ground black pepper to taste 2 tablespoons olive oil Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove membrane and fat from tenderloins and season with salt and pepper. Heat a large sauté pan over high heat, add olive…